A dynamic if unreliable performer
I am impressed with the sweet engine, road-holding, interior comfort and styling.
Two weeks later and 827 miles (from new) and the engine sounds like it belongs in a tractor.
The problem - no.3 crankshaft bearing is in pieces, after being starved of oil, due to a manufacturing fault in the engine block.
The result - one wrecked engine, with none in the UK, as a result of a spate of no.3 crankshaft bearing failures.
41 days later - the car is still at the dealers. The engine has arrived, but some gaskets are on back-order. However, I am hopeful of getting it back for my summer holidays.
Lovely car, both in terms of style and performance.
Shame about my emerging reliability worries.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd May, 2001